Earth Day 2018 will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Carnahan Memorial Garden near the Capitol in Jefferson City. Missouri's 24th annual Earth Day will offer a variety of opportunities for students interested in finding out more about how they can improve the world around them.

Teacher Registration
Teacher Registration
Register online to bring your class to the Earth Day celebration. Flyer


Earth Day Activities

  • Environmental Survivor logoZero-waste challenge. Can you pack a lunch with no waste?
  • On stage Environmental Survivor trivia game with prizes. How much do you know about Earth Day and ways to respect the environment?
  • See live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary
  • Attendance prizes
  • Booths with games and activities from many government agencies. See MoDNR’s Air Pollution Control Program smokestack filter display demonstrating how factories, power plants and other businesses reduce air pollution
  • Crafts using recycled items. Build a colorful tree from tissue paper. Turn a bottle cap into a monster, a monkey or anything you want. Create a flower from leftover tissue paper
  • An interactive sandbox that shows students how erosion affects our landscape. Sandboxes aren’t just for little kids. Create hills, streams and even rain showers in our interactive sandbox
  • And many more items and activities

For more information about Missouri's Earth Day celebration contact us at 800-361-4827.

Slogan Contest
We invite your class to participate in the slogan contest for Earth Day 2018. Ask your students to put on their thinking caps and submit a slogan to you about any aspect of Earth Day. Each student should complete the entry form at the bottom of this page, and teachers should submit the forms to Rob Hunt, our Earth Day Chairman (contact info near bottom of page). The winner will be our special guest during Earth Day 2018 and will receive a $50 gift card donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City and a Missouri Rock and Mineral set donated by Missouri Geological Survey. The teacher of the winning student will also win something special. Download the Slogan Contest form here.

Bus Grants Available
Bus grants assist schools and nonprofit organizations with the transportation expenses of field trips and outdoor learning opportunities at Missouri state parks and historic sites. Bus grants are available to schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations located in Missouri. Applicants can request up to $500; no match is required. A map of state parks and historic sites is available here. Download the Bus Grant Application and Guide. For more information about the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program, please call 573-522-8773.

2017 Earth Day photo gallery

Earth Day committee members receive prestigious award for commitment to educating youth about importance of recycling

The Missouri State Recycling Program selected the Department of Natural Resources’ Earth Day Committee as the recipient of the 2016 Annual Recycling Award. 

The state’s Interagency Recycling Committee was impressed with the long term commitment and goals applied to the Zero Waste Challenge as well as the results of this program. These elements along with the marketing effort were key in the selection of the Earth Day Committee as the team recipient of the 2016 State Recycling Award. Further, the Missouri State Recycling Program applauded the Earth Day Committee for its ongoing commitment to educate students throughout Missouri about the importance of stewardship of our vital resources.

For the last nine years, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Earth Day Committee has arranged with the Missouri State Recycling Program to host a Zero Waste Challenge during the department’s Earth Day celebration at the Capitol. Annually, more than 1,300 students, teachers and citizens learn about the environment. Educating attendees about recycling is paramount, and one of the long-term goals of the Zero Waste Challenge is to encourage Earth Day participants to strive for zero waste. The challenge for each year’s participants is to reduce the amount of waste (trash and recyclables) as compared to the previous year.

An award ceremony was held Nov. 3, 2016, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building. The energy efficient building holds a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating – the highest rating a LEED-rated building can receive. Learn more about the Lewis and Clark State Office Building.  

Read the nomination narrative.

Pictured above are committee members: Brenda Wansing, Division of Environmental Quality, Air Pollution Control Program; Laura Payton, Division of State Parks; Christa Dickneite, Division of Administrative Services; Van Beydler, Division of Environmental Quality, Soil and Water Conservation Program; Hylan Beydler, Missouri Geological Survey; Susan Bloomer, Division of Environmental Quality, Water Protection Program; Renee Bungart, Director’s Office. Not pictured: Larry Archer, Division of Environmental Quality; Stacy Bandelier, Division of State Parks; Amy Poos, Division of Environmental Quality, Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Programs; Richard Loaiza, Division of State Parks; Lisa Nahach, Division of Environmental Quality, Air Pollution Control and Environmental Services Programs; Kendra Swee, Division of State Parks.

The 2016 Missouri State Recycling Award inscription is as follows: 2016 – Missouri State Recycling Program Annual Award – Presented in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the citizens and employees of the State Of Missouri – Earth Day Committee – Department of Natural Resources.

For more information about Missouri's Earth Day celebration contact us at 800-361-4827.